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  • The Paris Architect

  • By: Charles Belfoure
  • Narrated by: Mark Bramhall
  • Length: 11 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,447
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,257
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,255

Like most gentiles in Nazi-occupied Paris, architect Lucien Bernard has little empathy for the Jews. So when a wealthy industrialist offers him a large sum of money to devise secret hiding places for Jews, Lucien struggles with the choice of risking his life for a cause he doesn't really believe in. Ultimately he can't resist the challenge and begins designing expertly concealed hiding spaces - behind a painting, within a column, or inside a drainpipe - detecting possibilities invisible to the average eye. But when one of his clever hiding spaces fails and the immense suffering of Jews becomes incredibly personal, he can no longer deny reality.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Riveting

  • By C. B. Schindel on 08-23-15

mediocre book about interesting WWII factoid

Overall
2 out of 5 stars
Performance
3 out of 5 stars
Story
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-06-15

The accents were distracting. Felt nothing for main characters. I wanted to know more about the hidden people than the main character's career issues.

  • Not My Father's Son: A Memoir

  • By: Alan Cumming
  • Narrated by: Alan Cumming
  • Length: 6 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,030
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 7,509
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,473

With ribald humor, wit, and incredible insight, Alan seamlessly moves back and forth in time, integrating stories from his childhood in Scotland and his experiences today as the celebrated actor of film, television, and stage. At times suspenseful, at times deeply moving, but always incredibly brave and honest, Not My Father's Son is a powerful story of embracing the best aspects of the past and triumphantly pushing the darkness aside.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Best Part of Saturday

  • By George Knight on 12-16-14

Two stories in one

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-20-15

No spoilers.

The listener follows Mr. Cumming as he learns more about the past of his maternal grandfather, and the listener also learns about Mr. Cumming's childhood and his father's influence on him as an adult.

Mr. Cumming's voice is warm and comforting throughout this touching book. It is amazing such a thoughtful and compassionate person escaped from his childhood.

This is absolutely worth an Audible credit!

  • The Storied Life of A. J. Fikry

  • By: Gabrielle Zevin
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 7 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,594
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,921
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,919

The irascible A. J. Fikry, owner of Island Books - the only bookstore on Alice Island - has already lost his wife. Now his most prized possession, a rare book, has been stolen from right under his nose in the most embarrassing of circumstances. The store itself, it seems, will be next to go. One night upon closing, he discovers a toddler in his children’s section with a note from her mother pinned to her Elmo doll: I want Maya to grow up in a place with books and among people who care about such kinds of things. I love her very much, but I can no longer take care of her.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A Tale for Booksellers

  • By B. Leon on 04-15-14

Be right back out to buy a hard copy

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-18-14

I read this book for a book club. I had never heard of it. I didn't know what it was even about but I trusted my book club. Luckily it was on sale at Audible for $4.95. I trust them but a good deal is even better.

Then I read it or it was read to me to be accurate. It kept my attention which few books of this sort do. I prefer nonfiction, thrillers and sci-fi. So this was outside my normal genres.

The first part was a heartbreaking setup the live of a widower and his little bookstore. It did get melodramatic and a little predictable in the second part and completely off the wall in the final part. However...I loved it.

I loved it so much that I didn't go to my book club meeting. I didn't want their opinions (good or bad) to spoil my reading. Although it had faults, it also had wonderful truths. It had made me feel. When I was finished I felt something more than just a check on my to-do list and a sense of accomplishment. This book was like a good movie. You know the kind where you talk about it for days afterward until your whole family gets tired of you.

I would recommend this to anyone who reads on the regular for all the cute references and just maybe it will have an affect on you too. No promises, but I hope so it is a good feeling when you find a special book.

The narrator was VERY good. He did give a dramatic read if you don't care for those. The Audible sample gives an excellent sample of his delivery.

I am going to buy myself a hard copy too.

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  • Game Change

  • Obama and the Clintons, McCain and Palin, and the Race of a Lifetime
  • By: John Heilemann, Mark Halperin
  • Narrated by: Dennis Boutsikaris
  • Length: 14 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,483
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,246
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,256

Based on hundreds of interviews with the people who lived the story, Game Change is a reportorial tour de force that reads like a fast-paced novel. Character driven and dialogue rich, replete with extravagantly detailed scenes, this is the occasion-ally shocking, often hilarious, ultimately definitive account of the campaign of a lifetime.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Best Audiobook of 2010!

  • By Joe on 02-24-10

They are people too.

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-18-14

If you could sum up Game Change in three words, what would they be?

No dull moments.

What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?

The narrator! I loved his reading. He read aloud with expression and enthusiasm. His tone was perfect throughout.

Which scene was your favorite?

Really the whole book deserves a re-read.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

I didn't have an extreme reaction but there are humorous points and a lot of telling moments.

Any additional comments?

Prior to reading this book I was very partisan, but after this book, I understood more where the other party's candidates were coming from.

Too bad they all just can't be more open on their motivations and purposes instead of shouting never-ending talking points.

  • Double Down

  • Game Change 2012
  • By: Mark Halperin, John Heilemann
  • Narrated by: Robert Fass
  • Length: 19 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 919
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 802
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 812

Drawing on hundreds of interviews with the people who lived the story, Heilemann and Halperin deliver another reportorial tour de force that reads like a fast-paced novel. Character driven and dialogue rich, replete with extravagantly detailed scenes, Double Down offers a panoramic account of a campaign at once intensely hard fought and lastingly consequential. For Obama, the victory he achieved meant even more to him than the one he had pulled off four years earlier.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • About HALF as good as Game Change

  • By Jacqueline on 11-10-13

Good for the political junkie

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
2 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-18-14

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

Not unless they run out of things to read about 2012 election.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

This narrator was distracting. He read the book without any energy. It felt like a bored librarian at storytime. The Game Change narrator was fantastic...too bad he wasn't reused.

If this book were a movie would you go see it?

No.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful